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Black Dudley Murder Paperback – June 1, 1976


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Manor Books (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0532123867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0532123866
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,796,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Margery Allingham’s hands the detective novel is transformed from a craft into an art" --Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"An extremely fine tale of death in an English country house" --New York Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Along with Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham is widely regarded as one of the three queens of British Golden Age detective fiction. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

The plotting is rather clumsy and poorly paced.
Hatbox Dragon
Character development was interesting, the setting seemed perfect for a mystery, and I was very impressed with the writing style.
Rinn Andale
Highly recommended but especially to fans of vintage mysteries!
Samantha.1020

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 18, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've recently been inspired to reread my Margery Allingham books. It's been some 30 years and I've clean forgotten all the plots. I haven't forgotten how much fun they were, though.
Margery Allingham is one of the grand dames of British mystery fiction, usual ranked with Sayers, Marsh and Christie. Pretty heady company!! Allingham has, for the most part, a lighter style than the others. Her hero, Campion has much in common with Lord Peter, but he lacks Whimsey's total perfection and flaunts his heritage (and education) a bit less. Initially cast as a 'zany', he has a great deal of fun in him. In later novels he will gradually mature into a genuinely remarkable character.
The Black Dudley Murder was the first novel in which Campion appears. Written in 1928 when she was 23 (and just recently married) the book is quite a bit different from later volumes. Campion is only sketched in. While an important character, he is by no means the central hero of the plot. And the story is very youth oriented, composed primarily of post-war (WW I) youth vs. villainous older male criminals. The first time I read this book I was of an age with the younger half of the cast. It was something of a shock to read it when I had more in common with the crooks.
The plot is the purest of British mystery confections. A group of young folk are invited to a gloomy, desolate mansion for a week-end frolic as the request of the uncle of one of their number. During a strange game of hide and seek played with an ancient dagger the uncle is murdered. Campion has wormed his way into the party to recieve a set of plans from the old man, which he promptly misplaces, only to have them destroyed by the real protagonist of the book George Abbershaw.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kanga on July 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Margery Allingham has a wonderful way with words, and weaves a mystery with all the red herrings, dark crimes and hidden motives that anyone could hope for, all done with a light and humorous hand. Her hero is the somewhat unlikely Albert Campion, man of mystery and well-hidden talents. The time is between the First and Second World Wars in England.
In the Black Dudley Murder, Campion is part of a house party at the forbidding Black Dudley mansion, where murder is committed during an after-dinner game. And there could be no better setting for the crime than in the Black Dudley, where secret passageways abound, few of the players are what they seem, and rescue comes from the least expected sources...
If you have never read an Allingham mystery, then this is a wonderful introduction, and will encourage you to buy more of her work. If you have read other Campion stories before, then you may be a little disappointed that Campion plays a more cameo role than usual.
If you like a very English tale of mystery, with wittily described characters, an urbane hero, and a happy ending, then read this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Margery Allingham is one of the grand dames of British mystery fiction, usual ranked with Sayers, Marsh and Christie. Pretty heady company!! Allingham has, for the most part, a lighter style than the others. Her hero, Albert Campion has much in common with Lord Peter, but he lacks Whimsey's total perfection and flaunts his heritage (and education) a bit less. Initially cast as a 'zany', he has a great deal of fun in him. In later novels he will gradually mature into a genuinely remarkable character.
The Crime at Black Dudley was the first novel in which Campion appears. Written in 1928 when Allingham was 23 (and just recently married) the book is quite a bit different from later volumes. Campion is only sketched in. While an important character, he is by no means the central hero of the plot. And the story is very youth oriented, composed primarily of post-war (WW I) youth vs. villainous older male criminals. The first time I read this book I was of an age with the younger half of the cast. It was something of a shock to read it when I had more in common with the crooks.
The plot is the purest of British mystery confections. A group of young folk are invited to a gloomy, desolate mansion for a week-end frolic as the request of the uncle of one of their number. During a strange game of hide and seek played with an ancient dagger the uncle is murdered. Campion has wormed his way into the party to recieve a set of plans from the old man, which he promptly misplaces, only to have them taken by the real protagonist of the book George Abbershaw. One of the uncles compatriots turns out to be a German master criminal. He wants the plans very badly. badly enough to take the young folks prisoner and demand that they turn over the documents or else.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bartleby on July 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Black Dudley Murder is the first Allingham mystery I've read, and I must say that I was a bit confused over the fact that this book is billed as an Albert Campion mystery. The back cover gives details of how a murder given at the Black Dudley Estate is sleuthed-out by the ever-charming Mr. Campion, a dinner guest. Campion has a very minor role, and ultimately is not the person who solves the crime. I do like Allingham's writing style and flair for subtle humor, so I would encourage mystery readers to consider Margery Allingham's books. Perhaps Mr. Campion will show himself more frequently in the next Allingham I read!
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